A New Zealand man has admitted planning to hurl horse manure at Prince Charles when the heir to the British throne visited the South Pacific island nation this week.
The New Zealand Heraldreports that 76-year-old Sam Bracanov of Auckland, a fierce anti-royalist, admitted that he planned to throw a bucket of watered-down horse manure at Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, when the couple visited New Zealand as part of Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee tour.
Agence France-Presse reports that Bracanov appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday and was charged with preparing to commit an assault. He pleaded not guilty, but admitted to reporters outside the court that he indeed did plan on attacking the royal couple.
"I would have done it," the Yugoslavian-born Bracanov said, explaining that the thwarted manure attack was meant as a protest against Charles' unearned royal position.
"I tried to give them what they qualified with," Bracanov said. "They're qualified not with their brain, they're qualified with their body. You've got to respect what brain produce, not body. Body produce go to the toilet, so I prepared a bucket of shit."
In 1994, Bracanov was arrested while attempting to spray air freshener on Prince Charles to "remove the stink of royalty."
Bracanov, who claims to have been imprisoned seven times for anti-royalist incidents, was released on bail and ordered to stay at least 500 meters (0.3 miles) from the royals while they're in New Zealand.
Charles and Camilla attended a Remembrance Day ceremony in Auckland on Sunday. They will head to the capital city of Wellington on Wednesday to celebrate Charles' 64th birthday.
Although New Zealand is independent from Britain, it remains a member of the British Commonwealth and retains the British monarch as its head of state, a largely ceremonial role.